Monday June 17 2013
Marchisio and Italy’s ‘lost’ goals

Claudio Marchisio doesn’t think the 2-1 win over Mexico was a fair reflection of the game. “Italy should have scored more...”

The Azzurri opened their Confederations Cup account with the three points after two fine goals by Andrea Pirlo and Mario Balotelli.

“It was important to start the competition well and we did that,” stated the Juventus man. “We played a great game and we, perhaps, should have netted more goals.

“They were three really important points and it is in our nature to win games like this.”

The Azzurri fielded a Christmas Tree 4-3-2-1 formation which used Marchiso and Emanuele Giaccherini behind Balotelli.

“It wasn’t easy to find space today,” the former Empoli man added. “The Mexicans closed up well between the lines.

“However, I’m happy with the team’s display – I place that above my own.”

Marchisio, winning his 35th cap last night, was replaced in the 68th minute by Alessio Cerci.